High School Sports

Championship roundup: cross country, volleyball, boys soccer, girls tennis

Durham Academy's Stella Stringer finished third in the 3A women's race. The NCISAA Cross Country Championships were held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary on Friday, October 27, 2017.
Durham Academy's Stella Stringer finished third in the 3A women's race. The NCISAA Cross Country Championships were held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary on Friday, October 27, 2017. newsobserver.com

For the third time in two weeks, Sanderson’s Juliana Craft and Anna Scott Holshouser went up against Cardinal Gibbons’ Jenna Knors and Karen Galush in a doubles match. Gibbons won the conference title, Sanderson the regional title, and this one was for the state title.

Knors and Galush won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A doubles championship 6-3, 7-5. Galush and Knors had defeated another Cap-7 Conference doubles team – Kylie Rigsby and Helen Avis of Leesville Road – in the semifinals.

Green Hope’s Katie Andreini was the 4A runner-up in singles, falling to two-time champ Jenna Thompson of South Mecklenburg. Andreini defeated Sanderson’s Sibel Tanik 6-0, 6-3 in the semifinal.

In 3A, East Chapel Hill’s Savannah Bright and Stela Joksimovic becamse the doubles state champions, taking down Kings Mountain’s Madelynn Frye and Natalie Lutz 6-3, 6-3.

North Johnston’s Nina Bohunska fell to eventual 2A singles runner-up McCollough Perry of Hendersonville 6-1, 6-0.

Tarboro’s Brenna Bryant claimed the 1A singles title 6-2, 6-4 over Emma Bost of Gray Stone Day in Misenheimer.

NCISAA TENNIS

St. David’s (22-1) continued its dynasty, winning a sixth straight 2A title with a 5-0 victory over 2-seed Arendell Parrott (14-2). St. David’s won 18 of this year’s matches by shutout and dropped only one game in two others. They also beat both 3A finalists, Cary Academy and Durham Academy, during the regular season.

The 3A contest was a battle won 5-3 by Durham Academy (20-2), but only after Cary Academy (16-6) swept doubles to start the match 3-0. Durham Academy answered with four straight singles wins and beat the Chargers for the third time this year. It’s the first state title for the school since 2012 and first in program history. Nicole Riepl defeated Chloe Capetanos 7-5, 6-2 to clinch the match.

Wayne Country Day (16-2) won its fourth straight 1A state championship, sweeping Hickory’s University Christian (11-1) by a 5-0 score.

NCISAA VOLLEYBALL

Top 3A seed North Raleigh Christian (28-1) made it three straight championships in a row after defeating 7-seed High Point Christian Academy (20-10) by a 3-1 (24-26, 25-15, 25-16, 25-17) score.

Kinston’s Arendell Parrott lost a heartbreaker to 2-seed Asheville Christian (27-0) in the 2A title. Parrott (25-1) led 2-0 but fell 3-2 (24-26, 19-25, 25-21, 25-23, 15-9). Top-seeded Kerr-Vance (29-2) fell to Statesville Christian (25-1) in the 1A championship by a 3-1 score (25-12, 20-25, 25-12, 25-18).

NCISAA CROSS COUNTRY

On Friday, Cary Academy was the runner-up in both 3A championships, led by girls’ runner-up Ava Lathan and three-time boys’ state champ Coleman Mitchell. The girls were tied with Matthews’ Covenant Day School 58-all, but Covenant Day won the tiebreaker for having the faster sixth-place runner. Durham Academy’s boys were third, and Stella Stringer of Durham Academy was third in the girls’ race.

Cary Christian’s boys were runner-up in the 2A meet and the girls were second as Brooke Lindsay won the title. The St. Thomas More boys were third. O’Neal School’s Molly Kuzma was third in the girls’ race.

Wayne Country Day’s boys, – led by runner-up Conner Bauer – won the 1A title, which came down to a fourth-place tiebreaker after being tied 28-all with Hickory’s University Christian. Wayne Christian, led by third-place Paige Court, claimed the 1A girls’ title over Wayne Country Day 18-30. Greenville’s Oakwood School was third in the girls’ race.

REGIONAL CROSS COUNTRY

Area NCHSAA cross country regional individual, team champions: Peyton Barish, Green Hope boys (4A Mideast); Green Hope boys (4A Mideast); Calli Parlier, Apex girls (4A Mideast); Cardinal Gibbons girls (4A Mideast); Broughton boys (4A East); Broughton girls (4A East); Katherine Dokholyan, Chapel Hill girls (3A Mideast); Chapel Hill girls (3A Mideast); Laderique McNeill, Harnett Central boys (3A Mideast); Chapel Hill boys (3A Mideast); Ethan Barber, Durham School of the Arts boys (2A Mideast); Durham School of the Arts boys (2A Mideast); Durham School of the Arts girls (2A Mideast); Aaron Rovnak, Franklin Academy boys (1A Mideast); Franklin Academy boys (1A Mideast); Caitlyn Burkett, Franklin Academy girls (1A Mideast); Franklin Academy girls (1A Mideast).

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